Earnest Lee McClenty Sr. was born on November 7, 1935, to Pastor James and Elizabeth McClenty in Jackson, Mississippi. He met and married the love of his life, Mary Louise Thompson-McClenty in 1959 in Jackson, Mississippi; to this union, a son was born: Earnest McClenty Jr.; and a daughter, Viola McClenty of South Bend.
Earnest gave his life to Christ at an early age. He was a member of the Mt. Center Missionary Baptist Church, Flora, Mississippi, where he faithfully served until his failing health. Earnest enjoyed the great outdoors, hunting, and fishing in particular. Those who knew Earnest knew he had a good sense of humor and a beautiful smile every time you saw him; Earnest will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He leaves to cherish his memories to his former wife and best friend, Mary McClenty; sons: Jack McClenty (Lois) of Flora, Mississippi, Earnest McClenty of South Bend; and daughter, Viola McClenty (caregiver) South Bend; one sister-in-law, Albertine Porter, two brothers-in-law: Charlie Harper, and Albert Thompson, all of Jackson, Mississippi; grand and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Earnest was proceeded in death by his parents; grandparents; and sister, Anna Belle McClenty; brothers-in-law: EV Porter, Jimmy Dale Thompson, Eddie James Thompson, and Eddie Lee Thompson; sister-in-law, Annie Mae Hopson; and nephew, Bobby Thompson.
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